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But my parents does not allow me to eat veg and chant holy names. If someone is not interested or even against Krishna then there is no point in trying to directly preach to them about Krishna. All are deluded and move in the world with perverted intellects. Please make sure you do this. Health effects of fasting.

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Fasting also serves the purpose of cleansing the inner soul and freeing it of harm. Some scholars, following the earliest understanding of the uses and objectives of the ritual of fasting strongly object to identifying mundane objectives of the ritual such as physical and psychological well being. To them the ritual of fasting is purely a worship and should not be treated as an exercise mixed with worship. The objectives of the fast is to inculcate taqwa God-consciousness in a believer.

As mentioned earlier, fasting can also be observed voluntarily as part of the Greater Jihad. Fasting on a long hot day carries a risk of dehydration. However, if one is at medical risk of dehydration, which leads to serious consequences, then it is permitted to break one's fast. An increase of negative health effects are observed exclusively during the month of Ramadan due to fasting, such as migraines, [23] [24] [25] tachycardia , severe headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, circulatory collapse , [26] and sleeping problems.

Fasting in the month of Ramadan is considered Fard. If you swear or make an oath, for example: This type of fasting is considered obligatory. Breaking such an oath is considered sinful. Muslims are encouraged, although not obliged, to fast days throughout the year: The tenth day, called Ashurah, is also a fast day for the Jews Yom Kippur , and Allah commanded the Muslims to fast [36] two days to distinguish themselves from the People of the Book [ citation needed ].

Although fasting is considered a pious act in Islam, there are times when fasting is considered prohibited or discouraged according to the majority of the sunni scholars:. Nothing was said directly about the Polar region and fasting. But there is Hadith about Al-Masih ad-Dajjal [39] that proves that fast as prayers have to be estimated and done every 24 hours, this is the opinion of the Council of Senior Scholars in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

In Tafsir Maarif ul Qur'an it is said that The Quran states that " During Ramadan eat and drink until the white thread of dawn appear to you distinct from its black thread. In Islamic law it is called Qadha. God says in the Quran: He wants you to complete the prescribed period, and to glorify Him in that He has guided you; and perchance ye shall be grateful. Eastern Orthodox Christians fast during specified fasting seasons of the year, which include not only the better-known Great Lent , but also fasts on every Wednesday and Friday except on special holidays , together with extended fasting periods before Christmas the Nativity Fast , after Easter the Apostles Fast and in early August the Dormition Fast.

Like Muslims, they refrain from all drinking and eating unless they are children or are physically unable to fast. Fasting is also a feature of ascetic traditions in religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism.

Mahayana traditions that follow the Brahma's Net Sutra may recommend that the laity fast "during the six days of fasting each month and the three months of fasting each year" [Brahma's Net Sutra, minor precept 30]. Fasting is one of the alternatives proved to reduce the DPP-4 level and activate the dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitors and so, prevent osteoporosis. On the other hand, the circadian rhythm has a direct relationship with osteoporosis.

This has been found by the biochemical markers , indicating that fasting at certain hours of the day, especially during those hours of the day which are recommended as part of the Muslim tradition Islamic fasting , is very effective in reducing the effects of osteoporosis.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Part of a series on Islam Beliefs. Profession of faith Prayer Fasting Alms-giving Pilgrimage. Shahada Salat Raka'ah Qibla Turbah. Sunnah salat Tahajjud Tarawih. Masturbation Hygiene Sexual violation Zina Awrah.

Riba Murabaha Takaful Sukuk. Jihad Hudna Istijarah asylum Prisoners of war. Five Pillars of Islam. Shahada Salah Sawm Zakat Hajj. Other schools of theology. Health effects of fasting. This section needs expansion.

You can help by adding to it. Before we met Christ, we had only false happiness but now we have true joy that only comes from Christ. There is no doubt that the power of fasting and prayer has opened the door of God's blessings to us. As this testimony points out, fasting and prayer are very beneficial to our home and to us personally.

For the Christian it is a great treasure. As our faith grows, we enjoy greater and greater blessings from God. Faith in Christ provides us with a positive thought pattern which, when controlled by Christ, is the basic road that will lead us the right way. People who continually think negative thoughts, such as, "I can't do," "It is impossible," or "I am too poor," harvest the results of such thoughts. On the other hand, people who think positive thoughts, such as, "I can do," "It is possible," and "I am able," as trees planted by a stream continue to bear good fruit.

People with positive faith in Christ tend to find blessing in every situation. Whenever problems arise, no matter how difficult, such people immerge victoriously through the power of their positive faith in Jesus Christ.

Pastors with this positive faith see the Holy Spirit bring revival to churches that are declining. There is a need to concentrate our efforts on teaching pastors to fast and pray until they receive the power of the Holy Spirit in their ministry.

Through the power of the Holy Spirit, the church of will grow to ; the church of will grow to 1, or even 5, members. This IS happening in our country of Korea. If all pastors would let God use them in the power of the Holy Spirit in this way it would be only a short time until the 50 million people of Korea could be challenged with the gospel of Christ. Parents who have this positive faith dedicate their children to Him and bring them up in the love and power of Christ.

These parents discipline their children according to the Word of God in the power of the Holy Spirit. As they continue to pray and fast for them, their young people will rarely go into a protracted life of sin and worldliness and be lost. The home is the basic unit in our human society. Even though it is the smallest unit, it is extremely important to the nation. As homes propser, so a nation prospers. We Christians must not only pray for our nation but make our homes sound and firm with the power of God.

Then, it is our responsi. In this way we can best care for our families and serve our country. How do we receive this positive faith? By earnestly seeking Christ through fasting and prayer. No doubt there are those who disagree with this philosophy, but there are many Christians who hAve already experienced this positive faith through fasting and prayer.

Throughout much of my life I also had a negative faith. For nearly 25 years I held various positions In the church but finally one day the pressures of life's responsibilities became so intense I tried to commit suicide by starvation. For 20 days I did not eat, but during that time I began to seek the Lord earnestly and He showed me the power that comes through fasting and prayer. Christ healed me of diabetes, insomnia, and hysteria, and He also took away my hatred and begrudging spirit.

The most precious treasure we have is to be able to meet God; to talk and commune with Him directly. It is through fasting and prayer that we experience God's supernatural power. This always brings real joy and spiritual happiness. It is obvious that the only way true revival can come to our homes, our neighbors, our churches, and our country is through fasting and prayer.

When revival comes, sin is confessed, people are regenerated, and the problems that plague each unit of our society will be solved. Isn't it the Christian's greatest mission to strive earnestly to do all we can to bring this kind of revival?

On New Year's Day, when I returned home late in the evening from visiting a pastor's home, I discovered some unfortunate circumstances had created a major crisis.

A man who owed us a considerable sum of money was to come from his country home to settle his debt before the New Year. However, the holiday traffic made it impossible for him to get to Seoul until late on New Year's Day, and so he arrived at my office while I was out visiting.

In my office was a man he had met there several times before, so thinking that he was in charge for the day the debtor gave him the money to clear his debt. The man who received the money then ran away with the funds. One morning, shortly after this incident, I awoke to find that my ankle was very badly swollen. I went to an oriental hospital to receive an acupuncture treatment, but the doctor told me that acupuncture would be very dangerous.

I fasted and prayed for three days and nights without hearing any answer from heaven. I was suffering with the burden of these problems, and now I was hungry as well as discouraged. On the fourth day as I was praying, God convicted me of my self-sufficient attitude. The voice of God spoke to me saying, "My Son, if you believe me, why don't you let me take all your problems? As long as you carry them yourself I cannot do the work for you.

The people who really love me are those who surrender themselves to Me and My will. I help them to exercise their faith. So if you will entrust all your burdens to me, I will take care of them Instead of you. Why don't you entrust all your problems to me? You are still suffering because you try to solve the problems yourself in your own way. Surrender all your heavy burdens to me. In the middle of my prayer I exclaimed, "0 Lord, you are right! Forgive me for not trusting you Lord.

I surrender all of myself, 0 Lord. Take my burdens now. I believe you are giving me the answer. These parents discipline their children acco. As they continue to pray and fast for them, their young people will rarely go into a protracted life of sin and worldli- ness and be lost.

I fasted and prayed for three days and nights with- out hearing any answer from heaven. I continued to confess my faults and when I finished praying my spirit felt refreshed and I had joy and peace of mind. Soon after I arrived home, I received a telephone call and was greatly surprised to hear the person who had stolen the money saying he had come back to Seoul to return it to me. I asked him why he decided to return it. He explained that as he was on his way to Suwon City he had undergone a change of mind.

He said that suddenly he remembered that I made my living honestly and was serving Christ, and as he thought about it over and over again he finally decided that he must return all that he had stolen.

God not only wonderfully provided the return of this money, but shortly after my ankle was completely healed. God has so abundantly blessed me that I cannot tell you all He has done for me. Since realizing the dynamic power in fasting and prayer, whenever I face a difficult matter I fast and pray about it, and God always gives the victory. I give all the glory to God for the blessings He has provided for me through fasting and prayer. I am thankful for the guidance of my pastor in these matters.

Fasting provides benefits for our body in many ways. It is only natural for us to think that we must eat three good meals every day to be healthy. Of course nourishing food is important in order to maintain our health, but often sickness comes from eating too much food too fast. Many question how fasting will promote our physical well-being, but for centuries doctors have stated that temperance in eating is a key to the maintenance of good health. Doctors restrict the diets of people when they are ill, and we would do well to heed this advice even though we are not ill.

Down through history, great sages have insisted that their disciples fast in order to cure diseases in the body. For centuries eastern medicine has advised fasting for more than three days as a cure for stomach ailments. People continually indulge in excessive eating and then take digestive medicine to relieve the discomfort which results. It seems illogical that such practices are continually repeated, but in this modern age the prevailing philosophy seems to be to eat lots of nourish- ing food and then take many different kinds of medicine to cure the diseases of the body.

Some diseases can be cured through fasting. However, let us always be aware that when we fast and pray in faith believing, we also receive healing through the miraculous power of God. Much research has been conducted by eminent doctors and scientists as to the effects of fasting on the human body.

Frank McCoy stated in his book, The Fast Way to Health,' that he has performed surgery for various diseases and has used psychology to cure other diseases, but through research he found that in many cases fasting was an effective method. He also says that he has prescribed fasting to many patients. In his book, Vitality, Fasting and Nutrition, Or. Carrington,' of England, said that fasting was one of the best ways for people to enjoy better health and long life.

He explains that he feels there is one basic factor that causes ailments and from this factor a variety of symptoms appear. Ordinarily a doctor tries to treat the ailment accord- ing to the symptoms, but if he does not realize what the root of the ailment is, he will not be able to completely cure the disease.

What is the main basic factor? Carrington feels that it is food and drink. Generally speaking, most people eat much more than they need to in order to maintain their health. As a result all the food taken in is not digested. The surplus is excreted from the body.

However, there is a small amount of refuse that builds up throughout the digestive tract. This disturbs the circulatory system and becomes a basic factor that causes disease. We cannot completely remove this factor with medicine, but our body needs to be cleansed of this build up.

The best way to do this is to fast periodically. Fasting for a few days causes our bodies to begin using stored up nourishment. Waste and injurious substances are removed, and as the blood is cleansed the disease factor is eliminated and symptoms disappear. So in fact above all the rules and regulations and offenses I have mentioned the most important thing, the essential thing, which is required if you want to come to the stage of purely chanting the Hare Krishna mantra is you must have a bona fide spiritual master who is a pure devotee of Krishna.

Without having a bona fide spiritual master you can chant Hare Krishna forever but you will not be able to advance because Krishna does not reveal Himself in this way. He only reveals Himself to those devotees who surrender to and serve and please His pure devotees. Your email address will not be published. Notify me when new comments are added.

Can chanting the mahamantra with faith help absolve sins from millions of births Plsssss kindly tell. Had a one night stand after being celibate for 15 years will Krishna Forgive me for my fall down. I read the Gita and other books and just stating to chat again. Please help Thank you.

You can not cook with butter because if you heat up butter it will burn. But you can make ghee from butter. It is not very difficult. I feel better now, and back on track. I am coming back into krishna conscience, after some years feeling far away. My mind was no longer able to be still while hurtful things were being done to devoties and aspiring devoties like me.

That is to say i no longer felt Krishna love in the actions of the group and started feeling like a hipacrote, doubt filled my mind even when I chanted. So I stopped and I left. I found a pure land devote at a market, Jade, and though not krishna, her heart was pure so through the few words i could understand i followed her instructions on pure land for about 3 years. So i started chanting again but have forgotten all but Hari Krishna mantra.

Also i have forgotton how to offer food non offensively, but can not stop myself from offering food direct to Krishna. I start with asking forgiveness for my offences and beg krishna to accept my offering while calling his name. I tell my heart that this is just practise till I get it right.

Anyway I feel the love but fear to offend. It is very good you are coming back to Krishna. You will soon remember everything. Chant Hare Krishna and be happy! I want to follow all the above orders but unfortunately for my parents and my studies I cannot follow all. It is not very strange that our mind gets polluted by materialistic thoughts.

But the sollution is to seriously and strictly follow the four regulative principles: Even doing all this our minds may still become disturbed at times. But that is the nature of the world we are living in. It is a great battle, to become Krishna conscious in the middle of the material world. But we have to do it.

There is no other alternative. But my parents does not allow me to eat veg and chant holy names. I have 1 doubt. Need u r clarification. Can we chant mahamantra even after going toilet.

You can even chant maha mantra in the toilet, but not with your beads. There are no rules and regulations as to where you can and can not chant Hare Krishna.

You can and should chant Hare Krishna always in every circumstance. Am reading srila prabupada book since 10 years. I want to ask a question. I offer food to krsna everyday but I use oignon, is it an offence? So just stop using onions and garlic in your cooking. Because drinking coffee and tea are addictions. They are intoxicants and they are addictive. So devotees do not take any intoxicants and only want to be addicted to Krishna. It is said the name of Krishna and Krishna the person are non different.

Now I have doubt. All together i complete in an hour by 5: How to complete 16 rounds of Hare Krishna Mantra in a day which approximate takes 2 hrs.. You have plenty of time. Just make chanting 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra your first priority. Everything else is secondary to this. Chanting the Hare Krishna mantra is the only way of spiritual advancement in Kali Yuga. Other things are nice. Hare krsna Can I chant hare krsna mantra in my mind ,does i get same benefit, when i chant this mantra in mind?

No you can not chant in your mind. Chanting is done by your tongue and hearing is done with your ears. So you have to chant Hare Krishna with your tongue and hear the chanting with your ears. You need to do this at least 16 rounds a day. Of course thinking about Krishna is also good. But that is a different thing. Chanting is done with the tongue and it has to be heard with the ears. I want to ask virndavan which is considered holy place and heaven of earth i got to heared that one lady who hails from odisha she was brutually raped in vrindavan or mathura i dont the exact place but she was raped brutually one of this two place may i know why may be what thoughts she was carry with herself but my question why such a sin full work could happen over krishna place were the lord residing i want a review on this.

It is not possible to go to Vrindavan by purchasing a ticket and traveling to that place. Vrindavan can only be visited by one who is Krishna conscious. It is a state of mind. So there are many people living in that place who are totally materialistic, total demons. So that place which was once the playground of Krishna is becoming more and more covered because it is now populated by demonic people more and more.

So gradually more and more Vrindavan is being covered over. But now again Vrindavan is becoming more and more covered up. There has to be some commitment to chant a regular number of rounds.

The point is in the beginning we have no attraction to chanting Hare Krishna, so we have to force ourselves to chant Hare Krishna. And the only way to do this is by vowing to chant at least a certain minimum number of rounds. Previously it was much greater. But Srila Prabhupada has set up this minimum of 16 rounds per day. It is not very much. Takes only about 3 hours out of 24 hours. So everyone can find time to chant 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra.

Chanting Hare Krishna is the only way to make spiritual advancement in this age of Kali. So we have to chant Hare Krishna, and the only way we will do it is if we vow to chant at least 16 rounds. Certainly you can chant more rounds. Previously devotees were regularly chanting 64 rounds a day and some still do. Haridas Thakur was chanting a lot more, , names more than rounds a day.

You can chant 16 rounds in the morning and then some more rounds in the evening and reading. That is a very good idea. Hello i had one question.. That is the maha-mantra, that is the recommended process for spiritual elevation in this current Kali-yuga, there is no other way, no other way, no other way.

I am irregular in chanting now ,missing on days altogether, and by grace of Krishna some bad habits have gone — Except Alcohol. Krishna wants to give you His mercy, His mercy is always there. But we have to want Krishna, if we want maya then Krishna will give us maya, but if we want Krishna, then Krishna will give us Himself.

So the point is we have to become regular in chanting at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra every day, we have to force ourselves to give up intoxication and illicit sex and gambling. This is the beginning. These are signs that if we do these things seriously Krishna will see we are trying and He will help us. Krishna is not so cheap, Krishna consciousness requires us to become determined and follow the principles and chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra every day.

It is very joyful and very easy actually, but because we have become accustomed to materialistic life for so many births in the material word, because of this in the beginning we may find Krishna consciousness quite difficult. To succeed in anything in life we have to work at it with determination, we need to perform austerities, tapasya, it means we have to accept things that seem to be difficult, suffering, for us, for the sake of making advancement in spiritual life.

Can I chant holy Hare Krishna mantra in my office sitting on chair and wearing shoese, with or without beads. You can chant the Hare Krishna mantra in any situation at all. There are no hard and fast rules about where and when you can chant the Hare Krishna mantra. So yes, most certainly, you can chant Hare Krishna mantra in your office with shoes and with or without beads.

We need to make a vow to chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra every day. So the beads are a counting mechanism to enable us to keep track of how many rounds we have chanted. Also because Srimati Tulsi Devi is a pure devotee of Krishna when we are chanting on tulsi beads we are touching the body of a pure devotee. So that is why it is recommended for devotees to chant Hare Krishna on tulsi beads. But if, according to the time and place, it is not possible for you to chant on beads then you can chant and make some other systme fo keep track of how many rounds you have chanted.

There are also digital versions, phone aps, etc, But personally I would not like using a phone app as the phone is a very distracting thing and we want to concentrate on Krishna, not the messages on the phone…. But certainly you can chant Hare Krishna in any situation with or without beads. With beads you can not take them into the restroom for example, but you can chant Hare Krishna in the restroom even.

Hare krishna Sir I am reading prabhupada books and I am chanting mahamantra daily. And theoretically I understand that only krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. But still due to my upbringing I am more inclined to the mayavad philosophy.

In this mentality am I eligible or can I worship archa vigrah of lord and also chant…. I am Sudipta Chakrabarti from Kolkata. Chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra every day. This is the minimum for serious devotees. You can chant more, some devotees chant 32 rounds, some 64 rounds, etc. But if we are serious then we have to chant at lest 16 rounds every day. Krishna g saved draupatti in Mahabharat right.

Why Krishna g does not save a gal from getting raped now a days.? Hare Krishna I always find it a bit harder to concentrate on hare krishna if I say it myself, I find it much easier if I say it along with hearing chants of hare krishna from a video, is this useful or do I have to just say and hear it myself?

You have to say it and hear it yourself but you can do it while playing the Prabhupada Japa CD that has Srila Prabhupada and other devotees chanting Hare Krishna. I also chant sometimes while playing Prabhupada kirtans and bhajans. If it is Prabhupada chanting you are hearing along with your own chanting that is of course very wonderful.

The thing is we have to approach the holy name respectfully. First we offer or respects to Srila Prabhupada:. Then we can chant the Hare Krishna mantra. That is the way. This is because it is by the mercy of Srila Prabhupada that we can get the mercy of Lord Caitanya and by the mercy of Lord Caitanya we have some hope of getting the mercy of Krishna.

So we have to go like that, through the parampara, disciplic succession. Does one have to chant both the Guru pranam mantra and Panch tattva mantra before every round or both the mantras before the start of first round then only panch tattva mantra before other rounds?

Is it chanted on the Krishna bead? And which bead is the first one? The big bead after the Krishna bead or the small one? Please clear these things because different people tell different things.

You only chant on the smaller beads. It does not matter which side of the Krishna bead you start chanting on. You can start on the small bead side or the big bead side, it does not matter. Only thing is just start chanting Hare Krishna in any direction and when you get to the Krishna bead again you reverse the direction for the next round. You do not chant on the Krishna bead and you do not cross over the Krishna bead. As far as the Prabhupada pranam mantras and the Panca-Tattva maha-mantra both have to be chanted before you start chanting Hare Krishna.

The point is we can not directly approach Krishna, we have to approach Krishna through the parampara, disciplic succession. It means we have to approach Krishna through Srila Prabhupada. We have to bow down before a picture of Srila Prabhupada and chant his pranam mantras at least three times a day. But generally we will do it many more times than that. Then before chanting Hare Krishna we have to chant the Panca-Tattva maha mantra.

That is because it is only through Lord Caitanya actually that we can approach Krishna. Lord Caitanya is very merciful, there are no offenses considered when we chant the Panca-Tattva maha mantra, but the offenses are considered when chanting the Hare Krishna mantra.

So everyone agrees on all these points. But devotees differ in what they exactly do. But I do chant the Panca-Tattva maha mantra once before every round and I just chant it on the first bead and stay on that bead and chant the first Hare Krishna mantra.

As far as I know this is the most common practice among devotees. Although some will chant also the Prabhupada pranam mantras on every round and some will just chant Hare Krishna. We have the Prabhupada japa tape and some other recordings of Srila Prabhupada chanting japa at initiations, etc, and we hear him only chanting the Hare Krishna mantra. As far as we can tell he is not chanting his spiritual masters pranam mantras or the Panca-Tattva maha mantra before every round.

He is just chanting Hare Krishna. And I think it is very good and it works well for me so that is what I do. That is what I would recommend you do. Chant Panca-Tattva mantra once before each round. Of course it will not be bad if you do do it on every round.

Could you please clarify something for me considering you statement here. He also added that during a Japa session of 16 rounds some devotees chanted the Panca-Tattva Maha Mantra before every round of the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra while others did it at the beginning of the session only…in other words it was optional. I have never seen Srila Prabhupada mention about using a Guru pranam mantra in Japa practice or repeating the Panca-Tattva Maha Mantra before every round of course, I could have missed something.

So, was this simply a later practice started by devotees only and not an official rule propagated by Srila Prabhupada? Have I been doing Japa wrong all these years? Srila Prabhupada did not teach this chant Panca-tattva maha mantra before every round, and he did not do it himself also.

We have numerous recordings of Srila Prabhupada chanting japa and he is only chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra. But it is the system to first offer obeisances to the spiritual master by chanting his pranam mantras which we do for example immediately after rising in the morning, and at so many other times. But it was certainly never the system to chant guru pranam mantras before every round.

And that was the way I was initially trained up in the bhakta program, so that is what I am still doing. There is nothing wrong with it, and there is nothing wrong also if you want to chant guru pranam mantras before every round. But this was not done by Srila Prabhupada and not taught by Srila Prabhupada. I think not many chant Guru pranam mantras before every round, but many, including me, chant the Panca-Tattva maha mantra before every round.

But the main point of course is to chant the Hare Krishna maha-mantra at least 16 rounds every day…. You can chant Hare Krishna using any counting system. The idea of the japa mala is to keep track of how many rounds you have chanted.

So as long as you have beads that will be OK. The point is to chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra every day and you need some way of counting the number of times you have chanted. So that is the main point. To keep track of the number of times you have chanted Hare Krishna. It is chanting Hare Krishna that is the main thing, the important thing, everything else is secondary.

I wanted to ask that I usually chant on my tulsi mala and recently I had bought another one although the previous one is in right condition. Can i use both mala s for chanting or do i have to stick to just one.? You can use both. The point is to chant at least 16 rounds of Hare Krishna Mantra every day. Please make sure you do this. The process is chanting and hearing. So you chant Hare Krishna, you vibrate it with your tongue, and you hear the Hare Krishna mantra with your ears.

So there is no question. If you chant Hare Krishna, then you are going to hear Hare Krishna also. Chanting of hare Krishna mantra is very powerful and effective. However, one should focus on the sound of words. Certainly one has to avoid above-mentioned offenses to get the mercy of krishna.

Of course we have to observer Ekadasi if we want to make some advancement in Krishna consciousness. So Ekadasi is for minimizing the demands of the body and increasing our devotional service.

Thank you for taking the time out to respond. I sure have a long way to go. I have been chanting the mantra and reading the Gita by Srila Prabhupada. Hare Krishna mantra is to be chanted always, constantly, 24 hours a day.

So if you can not chant 24 hours because you need to take some rest, then chant as much as possible. Most auspicious time is early in the morning, so devotees get out of bed at least 1. That is a very nice time to chant Hare Krishna. But we can and should chant Hare Krishna all the time at every time during the day and night.

Can one learn more without the guidance of a Guru? We can not advance in Krishna consciousness without the guidance of a bona fide guru. So your guru, Srila Prabhupada is there, in his books and in his audio and video recordings also. So bona fide guru, Srila Prabhupada, is there, you simply have to take care to carefully hear his instructions to you as you read his books and make sure that you put those instructions into practice in your day-to-day life and in this way you will be hearing instructions from and surrendering to Srila Prabhupada.

The point about accepting a spiritual master is to hear from him and to surrender to him and to follow the instructions he gives you.

So hear from Srila Prabhupada, surrender to Srila Prabhupada and follow his instructions and you have your perfect and bona-fide guru. In regard to chanting the Mahamantra, is it necessary to chant out loud or can one simply chant in our mind? It is very necessary to chant the Hare Krishna mantra aloud so you can hear it. The process of spiritual advancement through the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra is by the chanting and hearing of transcendental sound.

The mind is material. So thinking about things in the mind, speculating, etc, is not very powerful. Of course thinking about Krishna, remembering Krishna, is one of the nine processes of bhakti. So one can actually become perfectly Krishna conscious by thinking about Krishna. Still in this age our minds are very disturbed so it is not easy for us to constantly think of Krishna.

So the time, Kali-yuga, is difficult, therefore Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu has given us a very easy way to transcend all the problems of Kali-yuga. So the point is the Hare Krishna maha mantra is a transcendental vibration, it comes from the spiritual world, so you have to vibrate it, and you have to hear the transcendental vibration. The benefit of chanting Hare Krishna is in the chanting and hearing, the benefit is not coming in the mind. So you have to chant with your tongue and hear with your ears.

That will, of course, also force your mind to think of Krishna. So you have to chant Hare Krishna with your tongue and hear the transcendental vibration with your ears…. Do not create rules and regulations on the auspicious name of Shri Krishna. People like you complicate simple things and make life rigid! I have not created these rules. These rules have been given by the great Acaryas.

I am simply repeating them. The point is one can not become Krishna conscious without accepting some basic rules and regulations. There are basically four essential regulative principles: Any one of these four things will destroy our attempts to advance in spiritual life. Not giving up these sinful activities and trying to become Krishna consciousness is like trying to light a fire while pouring water on it.

It will not be very successful. So we have to let people know that if they want to advance in spiritual life then they have to restrict their sinful activities. One can not advance in spritual life without reducing his materialistic sense gratification.

Of course there is sense gratification in Krishna consciousness one gets from serving Krishna. That is much better, a much higher standard of sense gratification, than one could get from taking intoxication, gambling, having sex, etc. But one can not come to the point of experiencing this spiritual pleasure unless he is prepared to follow the rules and regulations… That is just cheating and will not have much effect at all.

In regards to chanting, basically I am from UAE and chanting on beads in office is not possible and I get only 3 — 4 hours max at home before I go to sleep by I have tried all possible ways but I can not chant more than 3 — 4 rounds at home. You can use any counting system that is practical for you. The point is to chant at least 16 rounds and you have to fit it in and count them in some way that is possible for you.

It is the chanting of Hare Krishna that is important. So do it somehow or other. I had a question regarding the regulative Principles. That means 4 — 5 times in a month. So, can I chant the Mahamantra on Tulsi beads on the remaining days i.

That is not acceptable. You have to follow the four regulative principles strictly including no meat eating, otherwise how can you expect to become Krishna conscious?

If you look at it this way it helped me. First of all, my heartfelt thanks for providing an opportunity to seek answers to our queries.

My apologies if I am asking below question which may be already answered in some form. I have heard that a mantra must always be taken from a bonfide guru in person for it to be effective.

I am myself chanting this mantra and slowly increasing the daily rounds, however, kindly clarify this query. Thank you very much for your kind attention. Yes, mantra has to come from guru.

But Srila Prabhupada is living personally in his books. He is quite powerful enough to give you the mantra through his books. It is true that the mantra has to be given by bona fide guru. But Prabhupada has most likely already given you the Hare Krishna maha-mantra, anyhow read his books and follow the instructions you find him giving you as you read his books and this will please him. It is only by the mercy of the bona fide guru that we can make advancement in Krishna consciousness. Guru is very necessary.

And Srila Prabhupada is living in his books. He is not dead, he is still living and still available to us all.

Iam a university student currently pursuing my masters. I have been chanting the mahamantra for quite some time now and I have dissociated myself from destructive habbits that I had earlier. My question is that will it be more beneficial to be a monk or I can still gain krishna bhav amrit by leading a family life. You can become Krishna conscious in any situation. There is no need to become a monk. You can become Krishna conscious in your family life and by your good example and preaching all your family members can also become Krishna conscious and benefit greatly from your association.

I am very new to Chanting Mahamantra. Started chanting 8 mala daily, but I have one query that during my exam, I have very less time to prepare for exam due to exam schedule and preparation time, so can I exempt to do the mala during my exam time….

You will be able to concentrate better and study better with the chanting. If you stop chanting your study and exam results will be worse, not better. Woman can chant Hare Krishna any time including during menstration period. There is no limit. We can chant Hare Krishna at any time and in any place.

Hare Krishna, I love and respect animals, will it be right to chant the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra to animals so they get spiritual enhancement. Animals will benefit by hearing the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra. Animals are spirit souls just like us but they are in animal bodies.

Their consciousness is lower than ours. But it is not good to concentrate on animals. Because whatever we concentrate on at the time of death that state we will attain in our next life. So if you think of an animal at the time of death then your next life will be as an animal and that will be a big problem for you.

Animals consciousness is very low, they can not practice spiritual life in an animals body. So we have to reestablish our love for Krishna, we need to develop our love for Krishna, not our love for animals. If we love Krishna then we will think of Krishna at the time of death and that will be the perfection of our lives.

It is necessary to chant on beads with numerical strength. So it is necessary to chant on beads at least 16 rounds every day. But certainly during the day at work, etc, one should continue chanting Hare Krishna constantly. Thant is the idea. Not that when we finish 16 rounds we stop chanting. No kirtaniya sada hari, one should chant Hare Krishna constantly, 24 hours a day. Dear Madhudvisa dasa, I am a university student and my real goal in life is to attain salvation.

I would first like to thank Lord Krishna and you for sending me really wonderful newsletters that really helps in spiritual advancement. But I would like to ask you a small question: I am a student enrolled in university now and will be in the university for the next 4 years. According to your newsletter, it is very important to have a bonafide spiritual master and serve him with devotion.

But as I am in the university, I cannot do it for the next 4 years. So please help me and guide me what to do in this case. I really want to get spiritually advanced and I truly love Lord Krishna and chant his holy name many times a day. You can get out of bed early in the morning, before 4: And then in the day do your university work. Does the Hare Krishna mantra provide the same spiritual protection from negative energies eg.

I have been chanting the Hare Krishna as much as possible throughout the day but then came across a website that recommends chanting the mantra om namo bhagavate vasudeva mantra for spiritual protection.

Which mantra should I chant and recommend to people who are clearly possessed by demonic spirits? I too have felt possession from dark entities. Also, if I eat a vegetarian diet I cannot sleep. It is too light for me. A little meat helps me sleep. Must I chant 16 rounds in the morning if I chant the Maha mantra throughout the day to stabilize me mentally?

Is it ok to chant throughout the day, as much as possible? Chanting Hare Krishna provides the best protection from all evil energy. But you have to chant it at least 16 rounds and strictly follow the four regulative principles: If you chant Hare Krishna but do not follow the regulative principles that is like trying to light a fire with one hand and pouring water onto it with the other hand. It is very difficult to light a fire in that way.

So there is no alternative, it is not a choice we have, if you want to make spiritual advancement you have to give up eating meat.

If you eat meat it will not be possible to make spiritual advancement. You can chant Hare Krishna mantra anytime but devotees get out of bed before 4: That is a particularly powerful time to be chanting Hare Krishna. But you can keep on chanting Hare Krishna all day. You can chant more, you do not have to stop when you get to 16 rounds.

As far as om namo bhagavate vasudevaya. We chant this mantra before reading Srimad-Bhagavatam. It is very good mantra of course. But Hare Krishna maha-mantra is the primary mantra and the most powerful and most essential mantra to chant in this age. Even though in doing so, I felt so content in my ignorance. Now I have to go about my small community and let everybody know, who I have recommended to be chanting the hari mantra. One of them may possibly already be in prison now, serving a long sentence.

Spiritual liberation is not just as simple as just chanting the hari mantra, obviously. You also have to be practically pure and perfect for it to be worthwhile….

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